Submitted by preater on August 19, 2014 - 4:23am.
Re:Libraries are one thing Amazon is not
Another facet of having an actual place is that humans orient themselves around physical spaces in ways that just aren't the same electronically.
One of the most important ones to me is the bookshelf, particularly for non-fiction books (which is mostly what I read aside from classic lit). No matter how good Amazon's "products like this one" or "products other people have purchased" lists get, they still generally don't offer the same kind of discovery sensation of browsing on shelves for me. Amazon is very good at showing me books that other people like me already know about. It is TERRIBLE at showing me more obscure or older related items that people like me don't tend to know about already, but which might be just as good resources (or even better). Even a relatively small public library will often have some intriguing random discoveries for me when I'm browsing in an area devoted to a particular subject. And a large university is often a revelation.
Submitted by ancientt on August 11, 2014 - 4:53pm.
What are the 3 questions that are asked? The link only stated that it would ask 3 questions
Submitted by ancientt on August 8, 2014 - 10:48pm.
Submitted by operagost on July 29, 2014 - 9:19am.
Hamas Is 100 Percent of the Problem
I have karma to burn, and anti-Jewish, anti-Christian Islamist terrorism really, really ticks me off, so what the hell.
If the murdering thugs from Hamas hadn't slurped off tens of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid to build terror tunnels and hundreds of terror rockets instead of paying attention to the decaying infrastructure that was the specific target of the humanitarian aid, then that power plant would have been in much better condition. If the murdering thugs from Hamas hadn't insisted in raining rockets on innocent Israeli citizens for months and years, then the Israeli military wouldn't have been forced to fight yet another war to cut down on the growing threat to the lives and safety of said Israeli citizens. If the murdering thugs from Hamas didn't insist on using mosques, schools, hospitals and private residences for stockpiling weapons and for firing on Israeli troops, then the death toll and damage to critical infrastructure would have been vastly lessened.
Submitted by ancientt on July 20, 2014 - 10:06am.
It's a bit baffling how "some economists" weren't fully cognisant of what would happen when the minimum wage was raised. I mean it's not as though it's the first time it has happened, the effects should be well known by now. Kind of reminds me of the old joke:
A mathematician, an accountant and an economist apply for the same job.
The interviewer calls in the mathematician and asks "What do two plus two equal?" The mathemetician replies "Four." The interviewer asks "Four, exactly?" The mathematician looks at the interviewer incredulously and says "Yes, four, exactly."
Then the interviewer calls in the accountant and asks the same question "What do two plus two equal?" The accountant says "On average, four - give or take ten percent, but on average, four."
Then the interviewer calls in the economist and poses the same question "What do two plus two equal?" The economist gets up, locks the door, closes the shade, sits down next to the interviewer and says "What do you want it to equal?"
Submitted by ancientt on July 20, 2014 - 10:05am.
but who will speak for the unemployed Swiss Bankers?
Submitted by ancientt on July 9, 2014 - 4:22pm.
So basically marriage is a good preparation for criminal defense.
Submitted by veridicus on July 8, 2014 - 4:11pm.
35 years ago I got a 'D' in my first programming class. That was my first exposure to 'D' programming ;-)
Submitted by ancientt on July 7, 2014 - 9:17am.
Long range wireless energy transmission not new.
Simply convert the energy to mass; move the mass on the back of a truck; then convert it back to energy again.
No wires required!
Re:Long range wireless energy transmission not new
Sure. You convert energy to mass by dividing it by c^2. If that's not simple, then what is? ;-)
Submitted by coprenicuz on July 3, 2014 - 3:22pm.
Re:Well, of course
Yes, because they'll have arrested anybody who disagrees with them, and all that is left will be people too scared to say anything or who agree.
The NSA is the enemy of freedom and liberty, they just act like they're defending it.
And, yeah, some desk weenie has probably flipped a switch that says I'm an extremist -- what they don't realize is the more they do this shit, the more they'll create extremists.
What's really pathetic is how many Americans are buying into this, when not 20 years there would have been outrage.
Really, and truly, on 9/11 the terrorists got exactly what they wanted -- the destruction of Western societies as we knew it, and the rise of Americans saying "we don't give a crap about the rest of the world, we're scared". Sadly, that will create a backlash of people saying "we don't give a crap about the US, now piss off".
There's no going back from this kind of thing.
Submitted by coprenicuz on June 24, 2014 - 6:10pm.
Re:Here's the Solution
Honest mistake. They thought it was a no-drive list.
Submitted by ancientt on June 23, 2014 - 9:08am.
Better Career Path
If those servers would have studied engineering instead of history, they probably would not be servers and not be suffering from broken hearts.
Submitted by ancientt on June 4, 2014 - 5:24pm.
I can imagine the dialogue:
Boss: "Your social media text analysis tool gives too many false positives! Change that!"
Submitted by ancientt on June 4, 2014 - 9:37am.
Looking forward to Category 5 [wikipedia.org] hurricanes "Morgoth" and "Cthulhu".
On the other hand, not so anxious about Category 1 "Sprinkles" and "Mopsy"...
Submitted by ancientt on May 21, 2014 - 9:12pm.
Times sure are changing
When Intel buys or invents some kind of a new chip process, everyone applauds. When engineers use 3D printing to save a crippled boy's life, everyone celebrates technology. Stick an arduino in a tumor and people scream in ecstasy.
But when the item of cloning comes in the news, suddenly people back away and ask what it's all good for. Because us humans are not allowed to mess with that.
Come on people. We invested thousands of years trying to understand the tricks of physics and evolution. We have now got to a stage where we can apply these tricks ourselves and see what we can make of the world.
Will it turn out for the better? Absolutely nobody knows. But telling scientists not to mess with this takes us back to the middle ages, where scientific incentives were influenced heavily by religious and cultural beliefs.